Freshmen! How are you feeling after your first month at Loyola? Excited? Confused? Overwhelmed? Knowing where you are in the adjustment curve can help. Want to know more? Read on…

The W-Shaped Adjustment Curve
The adjustment curve describes the fluctuations in how an individual feels as he or she adapts to a brand new environment, like college. Although the adjustment process varies by individual, the W Curve can help you anticipate and understand the feelings you’re experiencing as you adjust to college.

The Honeymoon Period

  • You feel both excitement and nervousness about college life.
  • You are filled with enthusiasm for new experiences, like joining clubs and attending classes.

Culture Shock

  • The excitement of novelty wears off as you face the realities and frustrations of college life.
  • You may feel distressed and overwhelmed as you try to adjust to the numerous changes in your life.

Initial Adjustment

  • You grow accustomed to college life and begin to feel a sense of mastery over your environment.
  • You develop social and academic routines and feel more confident in you status as a college student.

Mental Isolation

  • Home is not as familiar as it used to be but college life isn’t as comfortable as home once was.
  • You may experience a sense of isolation and feel that you don’t fully belong in either world.

Acceptance and Integration

  • As you gain history with friends and professors, you begin to feel truly connected to the college community.
  • You begin to integrate the positive experiences with the challenges and may even call college “home.”

Comments? Freshmen, where are you on the Adjustment Curve? Upperclassmen, does any of this sound familiar? Any advice on how to handle the transition?

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It’s typical for new (and returning) students to miss home around the one month mark of resuming classes.  It’s natural to miss family members, friends, and even pets—those who know you well and provide the comforts of your usual routine.

With time, the adjustment to school will feel easier but in the meantime, here are a few tips to help get you through.

Be creative about making new friends
Talk to people in your classes, in the dining hall, when waiting in line—remember, you are not the only one looking to connect.

Fill your room with pictures of people and places that make you smile.

Get involved
Activities will not only keep you busy but will also introduce you to new people, think about joining clubs, attending a fitness class at the University Sports Complex or volunteering.

Follow your interests
Other students who like music, rugby, or whatever you’re into will help you feel like there is a niche for you.  Accept invitations or ask others to join you.

Appreciate alone time
It can be difficult to find privacy during the semester.  Times to relax or study quietly are healthy.

Reach out for support
Residential life staff, advisors, chaplains, and counselors are all available if you need to talk.

Tell people what it’s like in your hometown and ask about their experiences.  Catch up regularly with loved ones back home and plan some visits.  Remember, your family and friends miss you too!

For more information about Loyola’s University Counseling Center please visit us on the web.

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We have a visitor on campus that comes around every fall and it’s called the Puss Moth Caterpillar. It is considered one of the most toxic caterpillars in North America. These caterpillars are teardrop-shaped with long silky hair. When the hairs are touched, they break off and remain in the skin releasing venom. Intense throbbing pain develops within five minutes and the pain extends up through the affected extremity. On the skin, the appearance of blood colored spots appears at the site of the sting. Other symptoms may include headaches, nausea, vomiting, intense abdominal distress, and swollen lymph nodes.

If you are stung by one of these caterpillars, please seek medical attention immediately. If this incident occurs during Loyola Student Health operating hours Monday-Friday, 8:30a.m. — 4:45 p.m., visit Student Health located in the basement of the Danna Center. If you are stung after clinic hours, the treatment guidelines are as follows:
1. Use adhesive tape to remove spines that remain on the skin
2. Wash the area with soap and water
3. Apply ice pack and baking soda to reduce pain and swelling
4. Take over the counter pain medication such as Advil or Tylenol to reduce pain
5. Take an over the counter antihistamine such as Benadryl or Zyrtec to relieve itching

If the pain becomes too severe or if you are having difficulty breathing please contact LUPD at (504) 865-3434 and request ambulance transport or go to the nearest emergency department. For a list of local emergency departments please visit Loyola’s Student Health Services website at

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The start of the new school year means lots of new beginnings and changes.  Many of you are now living in close quarters with new people from all over the world.  With your new living environment comes an exposure to a different climate, allergens, and viruses that you may not have been accustomed to in your home town.

 A few words of wisdom regarding staying healthy while you LIVE with the PACK:

  1. Never share drinks or eating utensils with anyone
  2. Wash your hands frequently, especially after using the restroom or anytime they are soiled
  3. Use antibacterial hand sanitizer
  4. Frequently clean keyboards/phones/door knobs and other surfaces that you share with others
  5. Exercise
  6. Get plenty of rest
  7. Eat a well-balanced diet
  8. Drink plenty of water (Louisiana heat can easily dehydrate you)
  9. Limit sugary and caffeinated beverages
  10. Don’t skip meals
  11. Wear flip flops in the shower

If you start to feel ill, try simple over-the-counter remedies first.  You can always stop by in Student Health Services for guidance and advice on your illness.  We are open Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:45pm.  We offer same day appointments for illness or nurse consultations and you can contact us at 504-865-3326.  It is best to call us as early in the day as possible to schedule a same-day appointment. We are located in the basement of the Danna Center just below the Orleans Room.  If you are ill after hours, please visit us at for urgent care options and Ochsner On Call. 


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Being a student can be stressful!  You’ve got things to do, people to see, and great places to go in New Orleans on top of the schoolwork that you are focusing on to set the foundation for your future.  Sometimes it can help to talk to someone on campus about the many responsibilities you are balancing or to make sense of a difficult situation or emotion.  If you are in need of an unbiased ear, meeting with a counselor might be right for you.  Anyone can benefit from having a place to talk and focus on himself or herself.

Reasons to Talk

You might want to talk to a counselor because:

  • You want to be more assertive
  • You’re lonely or not sure where you fit in
  • You’re having trouble sleeping
  • You feel sad or anxious
  • You want to talk about something that happened, recently or in the past

These are just the beginning.  There really isn’t anything that you can’t talk about with a counselor.

So, who are Loyola’s counselors?

At Loyola’s University Counseling Center, you’ll find a psychologist, licensed professional counselors, a social worker, a psychiatrist and a social work intern.  For more about our staff, visit our webpage and take a look around.

What We Do

A counselor’s main focus in working with students is to help them figure out what they want to do and how to go about doing it.  Overall, the goal is to get to know you and what you are hoping to accomplish by meeting.  There is no limit to the number of sessions that you can attend at Loyola’s University Counseling Center and you will be encouraged to build a toolbox of skills that you can use in many areas of your life.  In short, we will help you to be your best self.

At An Appointment

When you first come in, you’ll fill out some paperwork have a 50-minute meeting with your counselor.  The counselor will ask questions about who you are and what made you decide to visit the counseling center.  You’ll talk about your family history, medical history, and other general experiences.  We’ll help to put you at ease and gain insight into your concerns.

After this initial “intake” appointment, you’ll likely set up a return appointment with your counselor that will last between 45- to 50-minutes.  In them, you’ll continue to talk about what’s bothering you and to work together to resolve your issues.

Your counselors on campus are great resources, no matter your reason for coming in for a visit.  There is no issue to big or too small.  Reaching out to talk is something that students do every day.  If you need support, it’s only a few steps across campus in the Danna Center, Room 208.

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Life at Loyola can be fun and exciting while at the same time stressful and demanding.  A visit to the University Counseling Center (UCC) could be your answer to staying balanced as you navigate the responsibilities of being a student either as a first-year or a seasoned Wolf Pack returner.  Your on-campus UCC provides mental healthcare for all currently enrolled Loyola students including residential, commuter, full-time and part-time.  Our staff in the UCC provide a range of experience and expertise and are made up of a licensed psychologist, a licensed clinical social worker, a licensed professional counselor and a license-eligible professional counselor.  The UCC also has a part-time contracted psychiatrist on staff.  You can check out our individual biographies on our main page at

We are located on the second floor of the Danna Student Center, directly above the Orleans Room (OR).  Office hours are Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:45pm.  We provide individual counseling, group counseling, couples counseling, ADHD testing, and medication management appointments.  Counseling services are provided for concerns such as anxiety, relationship difficulties, adjustment issues, ADHD, and depression, just to name a few.  UCC staff can also make referrals to local specialists and psychiatrists in the area, if needed.

If you would like to make an appointment, simply call (504)-865-3835 or visit the UCC in the Danna Center.  It is best to call or stop by to schedule your appointment as soon as you need assistance.  If you need assistance after-hours or on weekends for a mental health emergency, please call LUPD at 504.865.3434 and ask to speak with the counselor-on-call.  A UCC staff member is on-call 24/7/365.

There is no cost beyond your tuition for an appointment at the UCC.  However, there are fees for prescriptions.  If you receive a prescription from the UCC consulting psychiatrist, you will need to have that medication filled at a local pharmacy.  We can provide you with a list of nearby pharmacies.

Strict confidentiality laws are firmly respected in the UCC.  All medical records are kept strictly confidential and are not a part of the student’s academic record.  Medical records are only released with the signed consent of the student.  For more information on the UCC, please visit our website at

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Cheers to the…

Cheers to the Camp Counselors. Cheers to the Summer Interns, the Study Abroaders, the Students taking summer classes.  Cheers to Researchers and Summer Jobbers.  Cheers to the Krewe Leaders prepping for another amazing Orientation!

Summer is no time to slow down, kick back and wait.  Summer is a time to recharge, refill and renew through new experiences and challenges.  The Magis tells us to work towards excellence and that does not end after Finals.  Broadening your knowledge while earning course credit or a paycheck can add so much to your college experience.  It can prepare you for your first job out of college or give you needed perspective when you return in the fall.

Summer also allows you to apply what you’ve learned over the course of the school year to these new experiences.  Look to see how your class on child development applies to the children you are working with at camp.  Delve into the marketing that your company does to see how it touches those that use their product or service.  Reflect on how a year’s worth of studying music has changed how you listen, appreciate and play music.  Learning is cemented through application and Summer allows you an undirected chance at this opportunity!

Lastly, cheers to the soon to be graduates!  Your har
d work and dedication of wisely using your summers is about to pay off!  Making those tough choices to expand your knowledge and experience will continue to pay dividends.  So cheers to continuing the journey you’ve been on this year through a productive, enlightening and fun summer!

-Logan Williamson, LPC
University Counseling Center

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Spring break is almost here!  For some, it can be an opportunity to take a breather from academic demands and a time to unwind and have fun.  Others might use the time off to study or work on papers in preparation for finals.  However you choose to spend your time off, let me encourage you to take some time to engage in activities that will help to refuel and reenergize your body.  Here are just a few ideas for the upcoming week:

  • Participate in outdoor activities such as biking, swimming or running  (Don’t forget sunscreen!)
  • Reflect on your accomplishments this semester.  You’re almost at the end!  
  • Take time to relax and enjoy yourself by engaging in a self-care activities.
  • Give back to the community by contributing your time to local charitable organizations.
  • Set aside time for studying as well fun.  Life is about balance.
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I am often asked a version of this question: What can be done to end sexual violence?

Of course, the simplest answer is for each person (yes, that includes each person reading this) to behave in ways that are not sexually violent, that is, to seek consent within all intimate interactions. This may require learning what consent is, how it works, and the role of alcohol in obscuring consent. It may require an open, honest conversation with your partner or reflection on why and how you choose to engage in intimate behaviors.

There’s a larger question here as well, a question of culture and environment. What do we do (or omit doing) that creates a culture that actively promotes or passively allows sexual violence to happen? Answers to this question (there’s lots!) can serve as a springboard for action. Do we blame victims (“Why was she wearing that, and so late at night?”)? Do we believe that alcohol eliminates responsibility (“But they were both drinking.”)?  Do we fail to question perpetration (Not asking “Why did s/he assume the other wanted this?”)?

Teal is the color of sexual assault awareness. Increasing our self-awareness as well as awareness within our communities can bring healing. Below are action steps toward standing for an environment of sexual non-violence. Whether you pick one of these or come up with your own, commit to finding one way to bring “teal” into your life!

  1. Wear a “Teal Heals” button one day this week.
  2. Explain what your Teal Heals button means to a friend.
  3. Challenge the “Hook Up Culture.”
  4. Understand that alcohol impairs one’s ability to legally give consent.
  5. Challenge victim blaming language when I hear it.
  6. Avoid using “rape” as a slang or humorous term.
  7. Educate myself about power based personal violence.
  8. Talk to one male friend about the importance of involving men in prevention.
  9. Talk to one female friend about the importance of involving women in prevention.
  10. Attend Take Back the Night planning meetings (begin in September 2013).
  11. Participate in Take Back the Night in fall 2013.
  12. Integrate information about power-based personal violence into one class discussion.
  13. Volunteer at a local shelter serving victims of domestic violence.
  14. Write a letter to the editor of the Maroon with your reflections on the importance of addressing interpersonal violence.
  15. Discuss with friends a media portrayal glamorizing sexual violence and why this is disturbing to you.
  16. Read about the Advocacy Initiative on the UCC’s webpage.
  17. Commit to attending an Advocacy Initiative training.
  18. Speak to a student organization leader about ways your group can promote non-violence.   Organizational involvement can be part of reducing a culture of sexual violence.
  19. Write a blog about your interest in having a less sexually violence community and submit to the UCC for posting.
  20. Tell someone you know that too many students will be victims of violence and you want to reduce it.
  21. Put “ending gender based violence” on your Facebook page “what’s on your mind” window.
  22. Focus one course paper or project on advocating an end to sexual violence.
  23. Understand that “No” means “No.”
  24. Share statistics with my friends about sexual violence.
  25. Seek professional help if I suspect that my friend has been drugged (e.g., LUPD/TEMS, a hospital).
  26. Ask someone who appears upset if they would like to talk.
  27. Remember that survivors deserve to be trusted, not doubted.
  28. Talk to my friends about what defines consent.
  29. Account for the people I came with to a party before I leave or change locations.
  30. Encourage a friend to call the University Counseling Center (504) 865-3835(504) 865-3835 if I suspect a friend may have been sexually assaulted.
  31. Remember that every woman is someone’s daughter.
  32. Act from the belief that every person has inherent worth and dignity.
  33. Understand that being “masculine” does not mean being violent toward my intimate partner.
  34. Validate my friends by trusting their experience.
  35. Understand that wholeness includes mind, body and spirit and that sexual violence threatens each of these.
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